2011 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, highlighted in 2011 by an extended Indian summer in September. They're located just north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault and 10% Carignan, this wine has been fermented and aged in concrete tanks for 18 months. Concrete fermentation and aging is a common method in France, but also now being adopted even for premium Rhone-styled wines in the New World. The aromatics are "full of intense red fruit raspberries, cherries and blackcurrant," according to the winery's notes, "with hints of peppery and floral notes of violettes. The mouthfeel is suave and round finishing with silky tannins." 14% abv.